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Kyle Newton June 14, 2012 News & Politics No Comments

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In a new development by the Detroit Medical Center, smokers can no longer apply for a position of employment. When applying for a job applicants will have to undergo a mandatory urine test for nicotine. If the test pops up positive then the smoker will be denied a position but can reapply in 90 days if they have quit smoking. While the new ban does not apply to current smokers it still begs the question of why it’s the hospital’s business as to what their employees do on their own time?

It’s been around since what seems like the dawn of time, “the smoking break”. So what now? The “sit around and chat with the coworker you secretly dislike for 30 minutes” break? How about the “who needs cigarettes when I can have this refreshing talk with my boss” break? Sound appealing? Didn’t think so. This is why it is slowly becoming apparent that businesses are sticking there noses to far into they’re employees personal lives. While it’s understandable that they may want to ban smoking on the hospital grounds what’s wrong with smoking in your vehicle or on your way to grab lunch on your lunch break? What ever happened to designated areas?

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http://www.freep.com/article/20120613/FEATURES08/120613072/Detroit-Medical-Center-testing-applicants-smoking?odyssey=nav|head

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